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Head of Technical

David Wood Foods Ltd
Bolton (Kearsley) site
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Health & Safety, Operations, Technical
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

We’re currently recruiting for a Head of Technical at our Bolton (Kearsley) site, your purpose will be to lead the Quality Agenda across the site, ensuring adherence to customer requirements, improve product quality, drive out waste and inefficiency all whilst ensuring there is no impact on product quality, legality or safety.

Why join David Wood Baking?

  1.  A Competitive salary & Benefits Package
  2. 20 days annual leave + Bank Holidays
  3.  Pension scheme- contribution matched up to 3%
  4. Have pride in what you achieve as a member of a team
  5.  Career progression opportunities

Key Role Responsibilities

  1. Overall governance and assurance of site quality
  2.  Create and promote a culture where our people are enabled and empowered every day
  3.  Creating and delivering development plan for self and team
  4.  Enable succession pathways both up through and across organisation
  5.  Enabling team to create and deliver Technical Strategy in line with group strategic direction
  6.  Develop high level problem solving capability and facilitation skills throughout the function (to include crisis management)
  7.  Responsible for creating Continuous Improvement culture and improvement opportunities for self and team
  8.  Creates high performance by role modelling commitment to Operational Performance Management Systems principles
  9.  Accountable for implementation and overall governance of end to end Quality Management System
  10.  Encourages others to seek out improvement opportunities within the workplace
  11.  Utilises all available opportunities, enabling others to improve the way we do things
  12.  Collaboratively works with other teams to improve our business

 What are we looking for?

  1.  Relevant knowledge and experience in a similar FMCG role is desirable
  2.  Demonstrable knowledge of complex fast moving clean environments (24/7- short life products)
  3.  Proven skills in managing and developing a team.
  4.  Excellent communication, influencing and stakeholder management skills
  5.  A good technical knowledge of supermarkets food safety requirements plus a working knowledge of their systems
  6.  Strong problem solving and root cause analysis skills
  7.  Good knowledge of preventative maintenance techniques
  8.  Good communication skills
  9.  Team building skills and strong ability to work cross functionally
  10.  HACCP Level 4, Food Safety Level 4
  11.  Leadership experience 4 years +
  12.  Lead Auditor (desirable but not essential)



Ten years after David started the business, we now have eight sites around the UK, giving us the facilities and expertise to produce diverse cuisines. From handmade artisan bread to meals, sides and savoury pastry, we love creating great food, and are fast developing into a class leading and trusted supplier of high quality chilled and frozen foods

Our key philosophy is to provide customers with a quality product, when they want it at a competitive and fair price, developing positive key relationships as a result.

As a family business, people are at the heart of our values, be that our own valued staff, or the customers we serve. Honesty, openness and respect are key to our relationships and are key to our staff satisfaction. We work as teams both within the business and outside to deliver our results, continually improve and challenge ourselves in order to deliver our great quality, innovative and delicious products. We all believe in building long lasting relationships, in order to drive our future growth and success.

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